James Walker UK + Lucas Laufen AUS : Live at PARKS
Join us and English singer/songwriter James Walker for an intimate set of brand new music at Chill & Grill.
Introspective songwriter James Walker was born in the UK, but has spent the past three years travelling across Europe and the United States honing his craft, performing as many shows as possible, and learning how to write about himself in the third person.
Initially a session musician, James played on extensive tours with Adam Barnes, by proxy befriending and supporting talents like Matt Simons, Chris Ayer, and Joseph & Maia.
James underwent a significant heart surgery that shaped his outlook and decision to become a writer of his own accord. He recognised, importantly, that life is short. This became a cornerstone in the stories that he tells within music.
His debut record, ‘English Bones’ (2017), gave James exposure to a global audience. The curation of teams such as Alexrainbird, granted millions of streams on YouTube, while international press via BBC, Huff. Post and Ear to the Ground, culminated in being handpicked by Spotify and Universal to appear on their ‘Easy’ and ‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ playlists.
Walker performed at over 230 in Europe and the States in 2017/18 with Judy Blank, Matt Phillips, The Brazen Youth, Josephine Zwaan and Youri Lentjes.
He currently is tracking his 2nd album with Sam Winfield (Amber Run, Supergrass, Bring Me The Horizon) at Studio 91.. The first cuts of this record are due to appear towards the end of the year via AWAL (Lauv, Laura Marling, Bruno Major), after an extensive run of European shows this summer. Stay tuned.
Lucas Laufen (AUS)
Laufen’s music is the sort that makes us stop and breathe: sombre falsetto melodies married to shimmering guitar; elemental orchestrations that yearn and plunge – the coastal poetry of the wild Australian imaginary.
“With his sensitive and at the same time confident voice, this sweet bearded man sings to us. He tackles the loss of landmarks as well as the search for memories, isolation, freedom, sadness and love with ambition, succeeding in embellishing melancholy with honest hope.”